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April 19, 2018 Schuyler R-1 Board of Education Minutes
Vicki Pierce
Friday, April 20, 2018





Present Absent

Kirk Cohagan, President

Shannon Smith, Vice President

Nakila Blessing, Member

Kristi Groseclose, Member

Kirk Newland, Member

Jennifer Pantry, Member

Kathy Yearns, Member


Robert Amen, Superintendent of Schools

Vickie Pierce, Secretary

Melissa Tennyson, Director of Finance


CALL TO ORDER – 6:00 p.m.

President Kirk Cohagan called the meeting to order at 6:00 p.m.


Kristi Groseclose moved, seconded by Kathy Yearns to approve the agenda.  

Motion carried 7-0.

CONSENT AGENDA – 6:02 p.m.

  1. Minutes of previous meetings (March 15, 2018)

  2. Bills-except 35789 and 35795

  3. OPAA report

  4. FBG report

Kirk Newland moved, seconded by Shannon Smith to approve the consent agenda items.  Motion carried 7-0.

Kirk Newland moved, seconded by Kathy Yearns to approve bills 35789 and 35795.  Motion carried 5-0-2.

FINANCIAL REPORT – 6:04 p.m. – Melissa Tennyson

Total revenue is $462,604 and total expenses are $466,515 for the month of March, 2018.Kathy Yearns moved, seconded by Kristi Groseclose to approve the financial report.  Motion carried 7-0.

PUBLIC COMMENT TIME – 6:05 p.m. – none

OLD BUSINESS – 6:05 p.m.

  1. Summer School

Jennifer Pantry moved, seconded by Kathy Yearns to approve summer school for 2018.  Motion carried 7-0.

  1. Athletic facility – Different options were discussed and will revisit the topic in future meetings.

NEW BUSINESS – 6:30 p.m.

a.  Approve the following:

  1. Facility plan approval

Kristi Groseclose moved, seconded by Shannon Smith to approve the facility plan with mentioned additions.  Motion carried 7-0.

  1. Core values, vision and mission statements

Kathy Yearns moved, seconded by Jennifer Pantry to approve the core values, vision and mission statements.  Motion carried 7-0.


b.  Resignations

Kristi Groseclose moved, seconded by Shannon Smith to approve the resignation of TIA KERBY.  Motion carried 7-0.

Jennifer Pantry moved, seconded by Kristi Groseclose to approve the resignation of BLISS HORNE.  Motion carried 7-0.

Shannon Smith moved, seconded by Kirk Newland to approve the resignation of TRENTON TALLMAN.  Motion carried 7-0.

c.  Substitute           

Kristi Groseclose moved, seconded by Kirk Newland to approve JULIA RITSEMA as a substitute teacher for the 2017-2018 school year.  Motion carried 7-0.

d.  Policies 2610, 4630, 4640 and regulation 2610

Jennifer Pantry moved, seconded by Kathy Yearns to approve policies 2610, 4630, 4640 and regulation 2610.  Motion carried 7-0.

e.  World Cultures Club

Kristi Groseclose moved, seconded by Jennifer Pantry to approve the formation of the World Cultures School Club.  Motion carried 7-0.

f.  Upcoming events

  1. 6th grade promotion – May 9, 2018, 6:00 pm – High School Gym

  2. Baccalaureate – May 9, 2018, 7:00 pm – High School Gym

  3. Graduation – May 13, 2018, 2:00 pm – High School Gym

g.  The next regular board meeting will be May 17, 2018 at 6:00 p.m.

ELEMENTARY PRINCIPAL – Katie Wayman – 7:09 p.m.

March Enrollment: PK-6 347

March Attendance: K-6 92.99>#/p###

4-day vs. 5-day Attendance: 4-day 2017-18: 94.24>#/p###

5-day 2016-17: 94.15>#/p###

Upcoming Events:

  • April 20 Grades 4-6 to Literature Festival at Truman

  • April 21 Special Olympics Track Meet at Kirksville

  • April 24 Kindergarten Kick-off at 6:00 PM in Multipurpose Room

  • April 25 Administrative Professionals Day

  • May 4 K-2 Music Program and H.S. Choir Concert at 7:00 PM in H.S. Gym

  • May 6 Nurses Day

  • May 7-11 Teacher Appreciation Week, Elementary Book Fair

  • May 7 K, 3rd, and 5th Grade Field Trips

  • May 9 6th Grade Promotion at 6:00 in H.S. Gym

  • May 10 3-6 Music Program and H.S. Band Concert at 7:00 PM in H.S. Gym

  • May 14 K-6 Field Day

  • May 15 PK Field Trip

  • May 16 4th Grade Field Trip

  • May 17 1st and 2nd Grade Field Trips

  • May 18 Last Day of School, Awards Assembly


  • Tutoring in March serviced 297 students and 147 students in April. Tutoring ended last Thursday, April 12th.

  • Jill Lane, Food and Nutrition Specialist with MU Extension, provided food safety and nutrition lessons to K-2 students.

  • MAP testing started this Tuesday, April 17th. It ends May 11th.


  • Loose Change War for grades PK-6 for PBS fundraiser was March 1-23. It ended with a celebration involving three teachers, Mrs. Wayman, and Mr. Amen getting pied in the face on March 29.


  • Enrollment numbers: Junior/Senior High 242

  • Attendance for March: 94.97>#/p###

  • MAP Test Dates: May 1st – May 4th

  • EOC Test Dates: April 24th – May 3rd  

  • Summer School: See Lyndsie Burns to sign up.

  • Mr. Kaden applied for and won a mini-grant of $500 from MSTA.  He will be using the grant money to buy a WWI soldiers uniform and accompanying gear.  The lesson that he will be teaching with it will be about a soldier's experience in WWI.  Students will use the uniform, letters, photographs, and other primary sources to get a real feel for what soldiers went through during the war and why they were willing to endure these conditions.  

  • The Schuyler Scholar Bowl team ended its season at 12-17 on the year.  Though the record was below .500, many of the losses came against larger schools in very competitive tournaments.  Against schools of our size, we held our own.  The team competed in districts this past Saturday and made it to the semifinals before being defeated by Knox County.  Cody Miller was named to the district all tournament team.  Earlier in the season, Blake Wallace and Cody Miller earned spots on the all conference team.  

  • Students traveled to St Louis on Wednesday April 11th to see the Hamilton play.  There were over 4,000 high school students in attendance at the fox theatre to see the play.  It was an amazing experience that most of our students would never have experienced if it was not for the tickets that Mrs. Kliethermes applied for.

  • Students went with Mrs. Blessing on Thursday April 12th to Kirksville.  They stopped at the Human Body Simulator Lab, Cadaver Lab, Reptile Lab, Planetarium, and Honey Creek Lake.  The stops were all informative and many of them included hands on activities that our students would not otherwise get to see.  Thanks for supporting this trip every year.  Mrs. Blessing

Up-coming events:

  • April 20th – Safe and Sober Assembly (9th -12th)

  • April 28th – Grand March 7:00 to 8:00 Dance 8:00 to 11:00

  • May 3rd – Spring Blood Drive

  • May 4th – Attendance Trip Seniors

  • May 4th – Spring Concert 7:00 (Choir and lower elementary)

  • May 10th – Senior Reward Day

  • May 10th – Spring Concert (Band and upper elementary)

  • May 13th – Graduation 2:00

  • May 15th – Middle School Sports Banquet 6:30

  • May 17th – Attendance Trip (7th – 11th)

  • May 18th –Last day of school, Early Out 1:00

  • May 18th – EOC Reward Trip

  • May 21st – High School Spring Sports Banquet

SPECIAL SERVICES DIRECTOR – Raven Weaver – 7:13 p.m.

The Special Education Department has been preparing for testing.  MAP testing including the Grade-level assessments for grades 3-8, the EOCs for high school students, MAP-A (Dynamic Learning Maps for math and ELA) for grades 3-8 and 11.  

Extended School Year (ESY) decisions must be made for all students with IEPs prior to the end of the school year and documented in the student’s IEP.  Form B in the model IEP will be used by LEA staff to document decisions regarding ESY as well as goals to be addressed and services to be provided.

Early Childhood Special Education:

Our Early Childhood Special Education Program has been screening children that will be 4 prior to August 1, 2018.  We have currently screened 21 students.



Area Track Meet will be held in Kirksville on April, 21 at Truman State University.  We have four Schuyler athletes and one adult competing. They will participate in the following events: mini javelin, softball throw, 50 meter run, and standing long jump.

Saturday April 21st- General schedule for the day is as follows:

11:00 am- Parade of Athletes line-up

11:15 am- Opening Ceremonies at Pershing Hall

12:30 pm- Track and Field Events

12:30-3:00 pm- Olympic Village and Health Fair (see below for details)

Olympic Village and Health Fair: NEMO AHEC (Northeast Missouri Area Health Education Center) has organized a mini health fair for the participants of the Kirksville Spring Games.  A.T. Still University Medical students will be providing free physicals to participants. MOSDOH dental students will also have a booth providing dental education and distributing goody bags. They will both have tables at the Olympic Village from 12:30-3:30. 

Mark your Calendars: Special Olympic State Track is June 1-3.

SUPERINTENDENT’S REPORT – Robert Amen – 7:14 p.m.

Board training dates and conference were discussed.  


Kristi Groseclose moved, seconded by Kathy Yearns to go into executive session as provided in Rs.Mo.610.021 (3, 13)  (Personnel Issues) and 610.021 (6, 14) (Student Issues). Motion carried 7-0 by roll call vote: Kathy Yearns – yes; Kirk Newland – yes; Nakila Blessing – yes; Shannon Smith – yes; Jennifer Pantry – yes; Kristi Groseclose – yes; and Kirk Cohagan – yes.


ADJOURNMENT – 8:33 p.m.

Kathy Yearns moved, seconded by Kristi Groseclose to adjourn.  Motion carried 7-0.